First U.S. Satellite Launched! 1958/02/03
(1) Cape Canaveral launch of 30-pound Explorer satellite by 3-stage Redstone missile, press conference with von Braun and Van Allen with model, night time launch showing spinning satellite on top of rocket (2) "Egypt, Syria Merge In New Arab Republic" - Nasser and Kawakli? of Syria meet in Cairo to form UAR with 30 million population, sign at table - mideast (partial newsreel).
Production Company Universal StudiosAudio/Visual sound, b&w
February 11, 2007
Nice Guys Finish Second, but Try Harder
50s newsreel documenting the successful launch of Explorer I, the first US satellite. It was well behind the Soviets, but that wasn’t mentioned. Also included is a story on Egypt and Syria merging to form the United Arab Republic. This is a fairly standard 50s newsreel with some historical value.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: *. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.